Specter of the Past

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Specter of the Past
AuthorTimothy Zahn
Cover artistDrew Struzan
CountryUnited States
SeriesThe Hand of Thrawn
Canon C
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBantam Spectra
Publication date
December 1, 1997
December 1, 1998
Media typeHardcover , Paperback& e-reader
PagesHardcover: 344
Paperback: 41
Preceded byShowdown at Centerpoint 
Followed byVision of the Future 

Specter of the Past is the first of the two Hand of Thrawn novels by Timothy Zahn, which follow his Thrawn trilogy.


Specter of the Past is set in 19 ABY, 10 years after the events of The Last Command, and six years prior to those of Vector Prime.


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A decade after the defeat of Grand Admiral Thrawn, the unstable New Republic is still challenged by the remnants of the Galactic Empire. Leia Organa and Han Solo try to defuse a growing conspiracy to create chaos and discord among the allied worlds, while Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian stumble upon a strange fleet of pirate ships crewed with clones. All are shocked by the reappearance of Thrawn, very much alive, and Luke joins forces with Mara Jade to investigate the multiplying mysteries.

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